Companies such as Mercedes Benz, Land Rover, Rolex, Tiffany’s, Gucci, and the like, all have a certain standard as it relates to the quality of their products, goods and services.
In reality, even though these companies manufacture and produce different goods and services. It will always be the quality of their goods and services that will, not only be a reflection of their name but more importantly set the standard in their particular industry.
Standards in any company or organization are set by its leaders and these leaders whomever they maybe do this by establishing a point of reference to test the quality of what ever it is that they are offering to their consumers. This is known in the world of business and manufacturing as “benchmarks”.
A benchmark is defined as any standard or reference by which others can be measured or judged by, also a criterion by which to measure something. It can also be considered a point of reference to test (something) in order to develop or establish a standard. Folks, I really want you to allow the definition of this word benchmark to soak into your minds. Reason being where we are about to venture into with this article most religious folks turn a blind eye to.
We have now touched down into the year 2013. I am sure most of you would agree that 2012 was probably an even more challenging year than 2011. Putting all of that aside let us review some things that has been prophesied by the many Pastors, Bishops, Prophets etc at the beginning of 2012, because the decrees and declarations that they have made has now become the benchmark to the reality of what actually took place. Meaning, the prophetic words, slogans, rhymes, clichés and the like that has been rehearsed into our hearing. Prophetic words such as, “2012 will be the year the saints’ rule”, “Kingdom rule” “There is a shift”, “The year of restoration” “The year of release”, “Ending strong”, “Millionaire and billionaire anointing” and finally the illustrious “12.12.12”.
Now, here come reality and where most of you would probably be challenged at this point and that is, how much if any that has been declared over you, actually materialized? Did any of it become tangible for you? For example, did your finances turn around? Was your marriage restored? Was the foreclosure cancelled on your home? I am sure if Gucci sold you a watch accompanied with a claim that it was water proof, however the minute some water splashed on it and the watch stopped working, you would be front and center at that establishment for Gucci to not only provide an explanation for what is clearly a false claim but you would probably consider not purchasing another watch from them again, right!
Well this is where the confusion sets in for me. How is it that year after year, conference after conference, prophetic word after prophetic word and you are still at the same place and position as you were the year before and more than likely you’re in a worse state? What is even more perplexing is the fact that after every prophetic word, conference etc they are all accompanied with the Lord saying to the “Prophet, “whatever situation you’re faced with right now the Lord said if you step out in faith and sow a seed of $2012, $212 or $12, of course the latter being rarely asked for, the lord is going to turn it around for you”. Can I be real here for a moment? Why does it seem as if I have to pay God to turn my situations around? Whatever happened to the biblical principles that say whatever I sow I will reap? Suggesting that if it were monies I was seeking God for, then I agree I should sow money to reap money but why should I have to sow $2012, $212 or $12 as a symbol of 2012 if I have Cancer, AIDS, or Diabetes etc. if I desire to be healed of these diseases?
Why not INSTRUCT ME TO SOW GOD’S WORD? Such as “because of his stripes I am healed” Isaiah 53:5 or “he has sent his WORD to heal us” Psalm 107:20 in prayer. Why for the love of God do we always have to pay financially, preacher man Prophet, for God to turn our situations around for us? What if we don’t have what you claim God is asking for? Does this means that God won’t provide for his people because we don’t have the money to pay him? Did God go broke? Is he running short on funds? Okay! So you’ve been pressured to the point of guilt and handed over your money. Did you get the healing, money, deliverance etc. that they claim would happen?
Where are the benchmarks? Did you go back to the “Prophet” with a record of what he or she said and demand answers like you did with the Gucci folks? Or did you once again pretend as if he did not say what he said, and you’re back in line for another round of false misguiding promises and prophecies? The bottom line folks, gone are the days where we volunteered to be fools and succumbing to the pump, pageantry, theatrics, and the annoying begging for money after every so called "prophetic word" that yield zero results. These people need to be held accountable for the many disasters they have caused in so many lives.
Folks, let 2013 be the year where you finally awake out of your deep comatose sleep and come to the realization of how these folks have held you back, hindered you, delayed you and misled you. It is the origin of these false non-God inspired words that really amounted to nothing more than curses placed on you the minute they spoke them over your life. The evidence of these curses you agreed to (by receiving it of course) displayed itself throughout 2012 via disappointments, delays, denials, set backs, failures etc. In reality THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WAS SPOKEN TO YOU CAME TO PASS. Let 2013 be the year where you set benchmarks, meaning record everything that was declared especially the time that it was declared to come to pass and make the comparison and demand an explanation from the one that made the declaration if it did not manifest. Do not let this be a year where you become so desperate that you allow anyone to prophecy anything to you and not give an account for it.
These folks will continue to do what they do as long as “we” their manipulated audience accept it and set no type of benchmark for them. Due to their false prophecies we have been delayed, hindered and misrouted as it relates to our seasons, times and blessings. They have single handedly hijack our destiny and left us in a tail spin, directionless and lost as it relates to the genuine things of God. So many marriages and home are destroyed because of these people false words and un-anointed hands. They are controllers, telling you who you should marry, where you should live, how much money you should give. You must consult them if you desire to travel giving them your itinerary, let them know when you’ll be back etc. You can only visit another church if they say so. You are not allowed to minister to another church on a Sunday or a bible study night because it’s either their tradition or a display of their illegal control. Did not Jesus command us to go out into the WORLD and preach the gospel? So why is the “servant” of Jesus hindering the sheep from performing Jesus’ command? Who do these people think they are?
Nevertheless, at the end of the day, we have caused this, again, by not setting benchmarks. The first benchmark is, our leaders such as Prophets, Pastors, and Evangelist etc. are our “SERVANTS”. Jesus Christ established this benchmark when he said, “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant” Matthew 23:11. The question is, are we holding them to this benchmark? The second benchmark is why are these people dominating you as if you don’t have a mind of your own or you’re some kind of animal. It was never God’s intent for human being to dominate one another. In fact this was as a result of the fall of man. Here is the proof, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” Genesis 1:26. Correct me if I am wrong here, but did you read anywhere in there where we were commanded to dominate one another?
Servants of God, I am begging you to discontinue being a puppet to these puppet masters and used the word of God as your benchmark and as your standard concerning these Apostles, Prophets, Pastors and the like. Stop pretending, sugar coating or ignoring the empirical evidence that what they have said did not come to pass. The lord himself said the following concerning these folks, “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the (false) prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord" Jeremiah 23:16.
Scripture goes on to say, "When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him" Deuteronomy 18:22. Again, these are all benchmarks for you the Believer’s of Jesus Christ to hold these folks to.
Anyone who anoints you with oil, prays for you, prophecy over you and you are not sure what the deal is with them, say out loud or to yourself, "LORD IF THIS IS OF YOU I COME IN AGREEMENT WITH YOUR WORD, HOWEVER LORD IF THIS IS NOT OF YOU I COMMAND IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST THAT THESE WORDS AND ALL CURSES ATTACHED TO IT BE DESTROYED BY FIRE IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST!
Friends I don't want to sound harsh here but the reality is we're talking about your life, that up to this point have been producing little to no fruit. Another benchmark Jesus stated in his word, when he said that any branch that does not bear fruit, his Father cut’s it off, John 15:2. If that leader is not producing fruit as it relates to the declarations made by him/her you need to cut them off! The reality is they are holding you back, take a good look around you and be real to yourself. How many have died in 2012 listening to these folks waiting on the promises and prophecies and absolutely nothing materialized.
So, whatever church, conference, revival, prayer meeting you decide to attend this year 2013, say to the lord, lord if this is of you let the change take place in my life and if it is not of you let it have no affect on me nor that which concerns me and loose me from this spiritual cage and place me where you desire for me to be at this point in my life........
2013 will be the year that the lord will opens our spiritual eyes so that we can truly SEE! 2 Kings 6:17.
Written by: Kevin LA Ewing